Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Tan Lihua, 2013

Tour Dates: 6 - 16 September , 2013
                         7 - 22 October , 2013

Beijing Symphony Orchestra (BSO) has gained critical acclaim and praise from audiences around the world because of its high artistic standard, broad repertoire, and unique Chinese arrangement.

Tour Dates
  • 6 - 16 September, 2013
    7 - 22 October , 2013

European Tour:

8 September, 19:30,Wien Konzerthaus, Austria
10 September, 19:30,Kulturcasino Bern, Switzerland
13 September, 19:30,Brucknerhaus, Austria
14 September, 20:00,Rudolfinum, the Czech Republic

Americas Tour:

9 October, 19:00, Mexico City Palacio de Bellas Artes
10 October, 19:00, Atizapán H. Ayuntamiento de Atrapan de Zaragoza
11 October, 17:00, Guanajuato Templo de la Compañía
12 October, 19:00, Aguascalientes Plaza Patria
17 October, 20:00, Carnegie Hall, New York
19 October, 20:00, State Theatre, New Brunswick
20 October, 19:00, Strathmore, Washington, D.C

Beijing Symphony Orchestra (BSO) was founded in October 1977. It has gained critical acclaim and praise from audiences around the world because of its high artistic standard, broad repertoire, and unique Chinese arrangement.

The BSO performs numerous concerts in different styles during every music season. In addition to the regular concerts conducted by its music director, the BSO has also collarbrated with many of the most esteemed conductors from all over the world. Each year, the orchestra organizes over 80 up-scale concerts. In addition, the BSO has participated in countless international cultural exchange events representing China and Beijing city.

The BSO assumes the responsibility of developing and promoting Chinese ethnic symphonic music. For instance, works of Wang Xilin; Bao Yuankai; Huang Anlun; and Xu Zhenmin have all been premiered by the BSO. By supporting modern Chinese composers, the BSO has made remarkable contributions to the development of the Chinese symphonic repertoire, as well as presenting it at the international stage.

The BSO has been invited to perform in many countries, including Germany, Austria, Croatia, Korea, and Asian area. In the year of 2001, 2003, 2006 and 2009, the BSO completed four successful European Tours. The critics throughout Europe spoke highly of these tours. In Germany, Suddentsche Zeitung commented on the excellence of the performance of BSO.

Music Director / Principal Conductor: Tan Lihua

As one of China's most notable conductors, Tan Lihua holds the post of the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Beijing Symphony Orchestra. He is a frequent guest in many Chinese and international concert halls and has conducted a range of distinguished orchestras in Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Czech, France, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Israel, Canada, Australia, Argentina, Mexico, Columbia, Venezuela and Panama. He was principal guest conductor at the Russian State Academic Symphony Orchestra from 2000/1 and has also been invited to conduct the London Philharmonic and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras. He has collaborated with some of the most prestigious orchestras in China including the China National Symphony, the China Philharmonic and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestras.

He has debuted hundreds of new pieces composed by Chinese composers to audiences in China and throughout the world. Besides being a gifted interpreter of music written by Chinese Composers, Tan was also the first conductor who introduced a number of classical international pieces to Chinese audiences which included Dvorak's Symphony No.7, Respighi's symphonic poem Pina di Romas, and Prokofiev's Symphony No.5.

In 2001, 2003, 2006 and 2009, he led the Beijing Symphony Orchestra to extensive tours in Europe and won critical acclaims from European media. In 1997 he initiated Beijing's New Year Concerts, now an integrated part of the city's cultural calendar. For over a decade, Tan has become a key figure in planning and promoting these concerts as both music consultant and conductor.

In July of 2008, Tan Lihua worked with the Beijing Symphony Orchestra to complete the recording of the newly updated versions of the National Anthems and Olympic Hymn for the 2008 Beijing Olympics Games. This monumental recording will be preserved as part of the cultural heritage of the Olympic Games.


"the Beijing Symphony orchestra could not be called anything other than a world-class orchestra. This sizeable orchestra produced an impressive sound, with clear notes framed in a rigorous structure"

——From a review out of Rosenheim, Germany

"The performance of Beijing Symphony Orchestra was marvelous. We just doubted were they born in Czech? How can they play Dvorak's work so well?"

——The Nurnberger Daily